[Idle-dev] Newbie Question

Saul Spatz sspatz at kcnet.com
Mon Jan 15 05:17:43 CET 2007

Tal Einat wrote:
> On 12/27/06, Saul Spatz <sspatz at kcnet.com> wrote:
>> I am rather new to both python and IDLE.  The references to IDLE at
>> www.python.org seem sadly out-of-date.  I have a couple of simple
>> enhancements I would like to make to IDLE that are not likely to be of
>> general interest.  (I want to use IDLE in teaching, and I want to save
>> the sessions, both user input and IDLE output.  I would like IDLE to
>> remember where I saved the last session and default to that directory,
>> and I would like it to prompt me if I close the IDLE window without
>> having saved the session.)   It seems like these should be easy to
>> program, but I can't find the IDLE source.
>> Where is it, please?  I assume that I am allowed modify it just for my
>> own use.
> Overcourse you may.
> IDLE is written in Python, so you can simply edit its code, wherever your
> Python installation is.
> Just look in \Lib\idlelib\.
> (For instance, on Windows: C:\Python25\Lib\idlelib\)
> In addition, IDLE's source is in Python's SVN:
> http://www.python.org/dev/faq#subversion-svn
> (here too, look under Lib\idlelib\.)
> In addition, we'd be glad to hear any about any features you find 
> missing or
> suggestions for improvement regarding IDLE.
> Good luck!
> - Tal
Thanks.  I think I've figured out how to modify IDLE to do what I want.  
Now, I'm having trouble figuring out how best to organize my changes so 
they don't get clobbered by the next IDLE update.  I'm trying to work 
out how best to deal with packages and python namespaces.  Here is a 
sample of what I have worked out:


import idlelib.PyShell
import time
from Tkinter import *
EditorWindow = idlelib.EditorWindow.EditorWindow

class MyPyShell(idlelib.PyShell.PyShell):
    def close2(self):
        format = '%d%b%Y.%H%M%S.log'
        path = "E:/MyPythonProjects/"
        filename = path + time.strftime(format)
            log = open(filename,'w')
        except IOError:
        return EditorWindow.close(self)

idlelib.PyShell.PyShell = MyPyShell   

This seems to work.  However, I don't really want the path to be 
hard-coded into my program.  I want to be able to select the directory, 
and to control the logging behavior interactively.  This means that I 
will have to subclass ConfigDialog.ConfigDialog and perhaps other 
classes as well.  Am I likely to run into trouble with the approach 
indicated above, and, in any case, is there a better way?

I realize that this question has little to do with IDLE development, but 
I don't know where else to turn for help.  I'd be grateful if some guru 
will give of his wisdom to a beginner.


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